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TEMERAIRE: Black Powder War by Naomi Novik
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TEMERAIRE: Black Powder War (edition 2006)

by Naomi Novik (Author)

Series: Temeraire (1-3)

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Capt. Will Laurence is serving with honor in the British Navy when his ship captures a French frigate harboring a most unusual cargo--an incalculably valuable dragon egg. When the egg hatches, Laurence unexpectedly becomes the master of the young dragon Temeraire and finds himself on an extraordinary journey that will shatter his orderly, respectable life and alter the course of his nation's history.… (more)
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Title:TEMERAIRE: Black Powder War
Authors:Naomi Novik (Author)
Info:BCA (2006), Edition: First Thus
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Temeraire: In the Service of the King by Naomi Novik

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This was a very very good book, really enjoyable, smart, interesting and fun. ( )
  GridCube | Jan 17, 2022 |
Great world-building, excellent writing -- I admire writers who just integrate the world's workings without lengthy expository. It makes the book very smooth and wholly immerses the reader. The characters are rather flat; I felt like the dragons had more three-dimensionality than the humans. Laurence was definitely a predictable British soldier type -- very nice and admirable and all that, but unsurprising. Temeraire was more interesting! ( )
  JenniferElizabeth2 | Aug 25, 2020 |
Great series on dragons. Has a military aspect which I love. If you like dragons you are going to love this set! ( )
  cafcaflt | Sep 21, 2019 |
set in the era of the Napoleanic wars. Dragons are a part of life. The worlds' armies have learned to domesticate them and use them for warfare. A special group of the military, called Aviators, has come into being. Follows the adventures of Captain Laurence as he goes from being a British Navy Captain to an Aviator. First book, about him and Temeraire[the dragon] was good. Temeraire hatching, growing up, learning to fight, etc. It was a well written adventure yarn. The 2 following books, on the other hand, I didn't enjoy that much. Follows them to China and then as they make their way back to England. Political intrigue, dragon rights, etc, filled these stories instead of battle and action. I would have a hard time reading any further about Temeraire if future volumes[if there are any] continued in this vein. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Novik's engrossing series (of which this is the first three books in a combined edition) combines the best of historical adventure with high fantasy. It's an irresistible setup: Dragons are real, and are routinely used (as a sort of specialized aerial cavalry) on the battlefields of the world. She has mastered the mannered prose of historical nautical fiction without sacrificing any of the vigor of seafaring travel or of Napoleonic-era warfare. It would be a fun read regardless, but she manages to draw engaging and very real characters along the way -- both human and dragon -- sometimes with a few economical strokes. The series' title character, in particular, Temeraire, is a charming blend of idealism, pride, immaturity (he is very young), courage and loyalty that makes him one of fantasy fiction's most delightful heroes. I could not resist plunging right on into the rest of this (thankfully long!) series as soon as I had finished the trilogy, and I can't wait for more! ( )
  jenspirko | Oct 5, 2016 |
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The deck of the French ship was slippery with blood, heaving in the choppy sea; a stroke might as easily bring down the man making it as the intended target.
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Capt. Will Laurence is serving with honor in the British Navy when his ship captures a French frigate harboring a most unusual cargo--an incalculably valuable dragon egg. When the egg hatches, Laurence unexpectedly becomes the master of the young dragon Temeraire and finds himself on an extraordinary journey that will shatter his orderly, respectable life and alter the course of his nation's history.

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